There is a legal requirement on employers to ensure staff are trained in matters of health and safety. This includes fire safety management and the use of fire extinguishers. There is also a requirement to prepare an emergency plan that outlines how the workplace will be evacuated in the event of a fire outbreak. The employer must appoint responsible persons known as the Fire Safety Manager to ensure emergency plans are prepared and that training takes place. This includes training the use of fire extinguishers and training in emergency evacuation. This training is usually in the form of fire warden training. Fire Wardens are designated the responsibility of executing this plan in an emergency situation. The Fire Warden course aims to inform Fire Wardens of their responsibilities in running a fire drill effectively and safely. It also details the steps involved in developing an emergency Plan for the workplace, in the event that one does not currently exist. All other members of staff should be trained in basic fire safety awareness to inform them about fire prevention and to alert them to the dangers of smoke and smoke travel and the steps to be taken in the event of a fire.
Course OverviewThe Fire Warden’s course is of one day duration and has been tailored to meet the requirements of the law. The course will take the students through a range of fire related topics covering emergency and non-emergency activities and duties, which the fire marshal would be expected to perform. Carefully selected members of staff who have been chosen to form a fire warden team. The team should consist of members of the work force drawn from all areas of the premises ensuring no area is left unrepresented. Allowance should be made for absenteeism due to leave etc.
ObjectivesOn completion of this course participants will be able to:
- List their duties as fire wardens
- Describe the chemistry of fire
- Identify fire hazards in the workplace
- Assist in the management of evacuation procedures and drills
- Select and use the appropriate first aid firefighting equipment to deal with an undeveloped fire.
- The mechanics of fire, smoke and dangerous gases.
- Fire extinguishers and hose reel equipment.
- First aid firefighting.
- Incidents involving flammable liquids and gases.
- Storage of flammable liquids and gases.
- Common fire safety features.
- Elements of compartmentation.
- Means of escape.
- Duties of the fire marshal in emergency, pre-emergency and post emergency situations.
- Hazard spotting and elimination of bad practices.
- Methods of Evacuation